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Jerry Lawler is doing ‘fine’ after visiting a Baltimore hospital

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Wrestling legend Jerry “The King” Lawler went to the hospital today after he began throwing up and showing other signs of illness.  According to sources, The King had blood work done at the hospital and is now doing “fine.”

Word of the WWE Hall of Famer’s hospital visit leaked early Monday afternoon. Lawler is in Baltimore, Md. for tonight’s “Old School RAW” on the USA Network. No confirmation yet if The King is still in the hospital or will still appear on RAW.

More details as we get it.

Dustin Starr contributed to this story.

Photo by Sharon Bicks.

Throwback Thursday: Jerry Lawler vs Ric Flair for World Heavyweight Title

Lawler v FlairOn September 30, 1985, Jerry “The King” Lawler and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair drew a record gate ($95,000-plus) at the Mid-South Coliseum, with nearly 9,500 fans paying the highest tickets prices in the history of Memphis wrestling ($8, $15 and $25).  This week’s Throwback Thursday clip will set the stage for that incredible showdown.

Let’s turn back the clock to 1982.  The Memphis-based USWA was live inside WMC-TV5 studios where an impromptu World Heavyweight Championship bout pitted Southern Heavyweight Champion Jerry Lawler against NWA World Heavyweight Champion Ric Flair.  This match took place three years before the Mid-South Coliseum showdown in 1985 and set the stage for the epic battle to come.

Jerry Lawler had vowed to win a World Championship.  Watch the clip to find out if he won it from “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

 

Fun Fact:  The King and the Nature Boy wouldn’t lock up again until the 1993 WWF Royal Rumble.  Both men are now WWE Hall of Famers.

For more in-depth details on these epic match-ups, read Scott Bowden’s blog.  Scott Bowden is a former manager & arch-nemesis of Jerry Lawler.

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Jerry Lawler is stepping in the ring to commemorate the anniversary of his heart attack

LAWLER VS JARRETTSeptember 10, 2013 marks one year since Jerry “The King” Lawler had a real-life heart attack on Monday Night Raw.

During a recent appearance on MSL (Sports 56/87.7 FM), The King revealed he would be commemorating the occasion by stepping in the ring at Resorts Tunica, the new home of the Jerry Lawler Museum and Art Gallery. Originally scheduled to compete against long-time rival Austin Idol, Lawler will now go one-on-one against Jeff Jarrett at “Revenge at Resorts” on Friday, September 13.

The Resorts Tunica card also includes appearances by Lance Russell, Brian Christopher, “Handsome” Jimmy Valiant, Koko B. Ware, Bill Dundee, and Rikishi.

Tickets start at $15. Get more info at powermemphis.com.

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MSL Interview: Batmobile owner Jerry Lawler comments on Ben Affleck as Batman

Photo courtesy of www.twitter.com/TunicaMS

Photo courtesy of www.twitter.com/TunicaMS

Jerry “The King” Lawler joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to talk about purchasing a Batmobile, Ben Affleck playing Batman, the opening of the Jerry Lawler Museum and Art Gallery at Resorts Tunica, and what he plans to do to commemorate the one year anniversary of his heart attack on September 10.

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Jerry Lawler’s Museum and Art Gallery is switching casinos

Originally slotted to open at Harrah’s Casino Tunica, the Jerry Lawler Museum and Art Gallery will now call Resorts Casino Tunica home.

Lawler’s museum has been in the process of relocation since its original home Wynne Automotive closed its doors in Memphis earlier this year.

The King announced his new casino deal on his Twitter page:

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During an interview on MSL (Sports 56 / 87.7 FM) in June, The King revealed his museum’s plans to relocate from a recently closed car dealership in Memphis to a casino in nearby Tunica.

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Exclusive: Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler’s museum is moving to Tunica

Photo courtesy of KingJerryLawler.com

Photo courtesy of KingJerryLawler.com

The Jerry Lawler Museum is moving to Tunica, MS.

During an interview on MSL  (Sports 56 / 87.7 FM), Lawler revealed his museum’s plans to relocate from the recently closed Wynne Automotive car dealership to Harrah’s Casino Tunica.

According to The King, his museum will be located upstairs at the casino near the Paula Deen Buffet.

UPDATE: The Jerry Lawler Museum and Art Gallery is switching casinos

For more about the relocation of the Jerry Lawler Museum, listen to The King’s MSL interview right here.

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MSL Interview: Jerry Lawler reviews ‘Man of Steel’

Photo courtesy Twitter.com/JerryLawler

Photo courtesy Twitter.com/JerryLawler

Along with Jerry Seinfeld, WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler is one of the most famous Superman fans on the planet. (See: The King wearing Superman pajamas).

Lawler joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter on MSL to review the new Superman movie Man of Steel.

Surprisingly, The King gave Man of Steel only 2.5 piledrivers out of 5.

At the end of the interview, The King also revealed that his popular museum is moving from a closed down East Memphis car dealership to Tunica, MS.

UPDATE: After hearing this interview, Memphis based Malco Theatres reached out to The King and his girlfriend to made good. Per the FAQ section on Malco.com, ”No children under 3 years of age are permitted in any theatre after 6 pm for PG-13 and R-rated films.”

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Top 5 Sporting Events That Memphis Has Ever Hosted Besides The Western Conference Finals

Memphis_skylineMemphis has a very strong sports history.  For decades, the University of Memphis has been an elite team on the national stage.  However, Tiger basketball is not the only big time event that Memphis has played host to.  The St Jude Classic is an annual event that always has signature moments.  But does anything come close to the Memphis Grizzlies hosting the Bluff City’s first ever NBA Western Conference Finals?

Here are a few events that have catapulted to the top of the Memphis sports scene:

Mike Tyson vs. Lennox Lewis, Heavyweight Championship, June 8, 2002 at The Pyramid.

World championship boxing matches always bring out the A-list in the entertainment world and this was no exception.  Some of the celebrities in attendance were Samuel L. Jackson, Denzel Washington, Tom Cruise, Britney Spears, Clint Eastwood, Ben Affleck, Hugh Hefner, Halle Berry, Richard Gere, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, LL Cool J. Wesley Snipes and many others.

This fight was originally scheduled for April 6, 2002 in Las Vegas, but Las Vegas and other states refused to issue Tyson a license to box.  Tickets sales were slow at first because of the high cost of $2,400, but 15, 327 show to see Lewis defeat Tyson in eight rounds.

Memphis vs. Tenneseee, No. 1 vs. No. 2,  February 23, 2008 at FedExForum.

The Tigers entered the game with a 26-0 record and the Vols were 24-2.  Memphis was ranked No.1 in the country and  Tennessee was No. 2. Justin Timberlake and Peyton Manning were among the stars to show up for this time.  There was plenty of tension in the building for an in-state rivalry game on a national stage.  John Calipari and Bruce Pearl were opening taking verbal jabs at each other.  The Tigers had the longest home active winning streak in the country (47 games).  The Vols won the game 66-62. Entertainment Tonight television show was in attendance with the 18,629 fans for the game.

Derrick Rose and Robert Dozier were not able to contain Memphis native J. P. Prince and Chris Lofton off in order to keep their undefeated record alive.  The Tigers did go on to play in the National Championship game against the Kansas Jayhawks.

Illinois vs. Alabama, Bear Byrant’s last game,  December 29, 1982 at Liberty Bowl Stadium.

After the 1982 season, the legendary coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide decided to end his coaching career. He announced his last game as coach would be at the Liberty Bowl. The Tide lost their final regular season game to the Auburn Tigers.  Bryant stated,”This is my school, my alma mater. I love it and I love my players. But in my opinion, they deserved better coaching than they have been getting from me this year.”   The Tide won the Liberty Bowl 21-15 over the Illini in front of 54,123 and and what was described as a media “circus” from around the country.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Memphis Grizzlies, The Triple OT Game, May 10, 2011 at FedExForum.

The Memphis Grizzlies were coming in off of upsetting the number one seeded San Antonio Spurs and came into this game with a 2 games to 1 advantage over the Thunder.  Zach Randolph 34 points and 16 rebounds and Marc Gasol 26 points and 21 rebounds were not event to defeat the Thunder.  This133-123 triple overtime thriller won by the Thunder was led by Kevin Durant’s 35 points and Russell Westbrook’s 40 points.   The Thunder went on to win the series in seven games.  It took three-hours and 52 minutes to play the game. This was the only sporting event ever held in Memphis to be nominated for a ESPY.

Andy Kaufman vs Jerry “The King” Lawler, April 5, 1982 at the Mid-South Coliseum.

Kaufman was a frequent guest on Saturday Night Live (SNL) were he would wrestle women as part of his skits.  Kaufman came to Memphis and offered any woman $1,000 if they could beat him.  Lawler became tired of his antics and they began a verbal feud.  They finally fought and Kaufman won the fight on a disqualification, because Lawler used an illegal move (the piledriver).

The two would meet again on July 28 on the David Letterman show and Lawler would give Kaufman the slap heard around the world.  During Lawler’s appearance on the show Kauffman threated to sue Lawler for injuring him in their match and got tired of listening to Kaufman babble and he slapped him.  This confrontation between the two actually brought wrestling the national stage.  This was the first time wrestling and Hollywood to crossed paths. Memphis was selling out the Mid-South Coliseum every week back then. Lawler vs. Kaufman has been featured in movies (Man on the Moon) and on various TV specials.

These are just a few of the top sporting events that Memphis has hosted.  There are plenty of other events that the city has played host to.  What are some of your favorite sporting events of all time that has occurred within the city limits of Memphis?

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MSL Interview: Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler explains his lack of appearances during the Grizzlies playoffs

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Jerry “The King” Lawler joined Kevin Cerrito and Marcus Hunter  on MSL to talk about why he hasn’t been at any Grizzlies playoff games recently and much more.

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Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler returning to the ring for his first match since suffering a heart attack

(Photo by Sharon Bicks)

(Photo by Sharon Bicks)

WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler will travel to Ocala, Florida to wrestle his first match since suffering a heart attack last September on Monday Night RAW.

Central Florida’s !BangTV!  is advertising The King for a tag team match with the organization’s promoter/wrestling legend Dory Funk Jr. at Support Your Troops 91, “Royal Combat.”

The event is scheduled for May 25.  No details yet on who The King and Funk will be challenging in the ring.

Lawler, 63, proved he was ready for a return when he body slammed a Clippers fan at Game 3 of the Memphis Grizzlies’ first round playoff series on April 25.

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